Prospect of the Day
After seeing rain wreak havoc on the first game of their series, Elizabethton (Twins) and Kingsport (Mets) played a pair of seven-inning games on Wednesday. After winning the first game, the Twins turned to righthander Bradley Tippet. Tippet, a 20 year old from Austriala, sealed the sweep of the doubleheader with a dominating complete game performance. Tippett allowed just two hits over seven innings, giving up a lone run on a third inning home run. It’s not a coincidence that a player from down under is performing well for the Twins. Minnesota has made its presence felt in Austrailia for years, signing players like Grant Balfour, Mike Nakamura and Brad Thomas.
Tippett was the hero of the nightcap for Elizabethton, but rightfielder Michael Harrington (Twins) delivered big blows for the Twins in game one of the doubleheader. Harrington, batting .301 on the year, bombed his fifth home run of the year in a 5-4 Kingsport victory. The College of Charleston product was 2-for-4 on the day. . . In the second game of Johnson City’s (Cardinals) doubleheader with Pulaski, Niko Vasquez was 2-for-4. Vasquez raised his average to .306 on the year, but was caught stealing for the first time in his pro career. . . L.J. Hoes (Orioles) continues to improve against pro pitching, going 2-for-4 with a double in the GCL Orioles 4-2 win over the GCL Reds. . .The GCL Yankees continue to play host to reliever Brian Bruney as he works his way back into form. The righthander threw a scoreless inning on Monday against the GCL Blue Jays, striking out two. . .His brother was outstanding for the big league club in their come from behind win Wednesday night, but Richard Zumaya (Tigers) had a rough outing against the GCL Indians on Wednesday. The younger Zumaya lasted only 2/3 of an inning while giving up four hits and two earned runs. The poor outing raised Zumaya’s season ERA to 10.13. . .The Brewers went into rival territory to select their supplemental round pick, Jake Odorizzi. The 18-year-old righthander from outside of Chicago made his pro debut on Monday, pitching two scoreless innings. Matched up against the AZL Giants, Odorizzi gave up a hit while striking out two. . .AZL Royals lefthander Mike Montgomery continued his dominance on Wednesday, throwing four shutout innings against the AZL Mariners. The California native allowed four hits while striking out one. The six-foot-five lefthander has yet to allow a run in 9 1/3 professional innings. . .AZL Cubs righthander Chris Carpenter had a shaky debut on Wednesday. The Cubs’ third round pick out of Kent State pitched an inning, allowing two earned runs on two hits and a walk.
What to Watch for Today
Helena (Brewers) righthander Nick Tyson will make his second Pioneer League start tonight, after drawing a no-decision in his last outing. Tyson opened the year in the South Atlantic as a reliever, but struggled with an 8.74 ERA.